The Hamilton Minor Peewee Cardinals were finalists at the 2011 OBA Tournament in Markham on the weekend, losing the finals by one run.
Game 1 – Hamilton 10, Georgetown 4
The Cards started strong with a 10-4 win over Georgetown on Friday night. Kole Bishop started the game and went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits, striking out 5. Jacob Underwood pitched the final 2 innings giving up 1 hit and 1 unearned run. Justin Jeffrey was 3 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs, Tyler Whalen went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, Shane Samson was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Dawson McLaughlin was 1 for 4 with an RBI and scored 3 runs. After turning two double plays all year, the defence turned 2 double plays in this game. Winning pitcher Bishop was named the game MVP for the Cards.
Game 2 – Hamilton 11, Markham 4
The Cards faced host Markham in their second game and beat them 11-4. Starting pitcher Ty Whalen went 3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 unearned runs, striking out 5. Michael Ssemanda pitched 4 scoreless innings to earn the save. Ssemanda was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He also stole 2 bases. Nolan Gallo was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. Jeffrey was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Underwood was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. David Candy was 1 for 3 with an RBI. MVP of the game was Ssemanda.
Game 3 – Hamilton 0, Tecumseh 8
On Saturday night, the Cards ran into the eventual OBA Champion Tecumseh Rangers and came out flat after a rain delay. Starting pitcher Jacob Underwood went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 8 runs, 5 earned. Gallo pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief and Noah Britt closed out the game with a scoreless 5th. The Cards only managed 2 hits in the game by Samson and Josh Miller-Koren. The defence turned 3 double plays. Game MVP was Underwood.
Game 4 – Hamilton 11, Burlington 7
Sunday morning, the Cards came out strong against the Burlington Bulls with the chance to play for the Championship on the line. The Cards batted around in the first, sending 16 batters to the plate, eventually scoring 11 runs, which gave starter, and game winner, Kole Bishop all the run support he needed. Bishop went 5 innings, yielding 9 hits, 5 runs – 3 earned, and striking out 2. Ssemanda closed out the game with two innings allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. After having 4 players hit by pitches the night before, 5 batters were hit in this game. Gallo went 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, Jeffrey was one for two with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored, Whalen was 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Ayden Hannon went 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Underwood went 1 for 2 with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base. The defence turned 3 double plays. Game MVP was Gallo.
Game 5 – Hamilton 9, Tecumseh 10
At noon Sunday, the Cards faced Tecumseh again for the OBA Championship. Starter Ty Whalen pitched 2+ innings, giving up 8 runs, 6 earned, while striking out 2. Ssemanda relieved him and went the rest of the way, eventually taking the loss. The Cards were down 9-5 after 3, 9-6 after 4 and tied it up with 3 runs in the top of the 6th. Ssemanda was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI and a stolen base, Dawson McLaughlin was 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 doubles. Noah Britt was 1 for 1, scoring 3 runs including after walking and being hit by a pitch, with a stolen base. Samson went 1 for 2 scoring 2 runs, including being hit by a pitch and stealing 2 bases. The Cards defence turned 2 double plays. Game MVP was McLaughlin.